Family fun at Corfe Castle
From completing family quests to rolling down a really big hill and playing pooh sticks, your next adventure awaits. Experience '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' with the whole family at Corfe Castle. Adventures start as soon as you arrive.
The Saxon rune challenge
New for summer 2020, the Saxon rune challenge takes castle explorers back to a time before the castle's great keep was built. During the Saxon era, Corfe Castle is famously known as the site of the murder of Edward the Martyr. Imagine yourself in a Saxon Corfe Castle as you explore the ruins to find and decipher the hidden Runes, letters from the Saxon alphabet.
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1000 years of history castle quest
Explore the history of Corfe Castle through this castle quest. From the forming of the natural castle mound during the ice age to when the National Trust arrived in 1982, this quest in its treasure hunt style will help you explore it all.
How it works? Answer correctly and go to the next location. If your answer is wrong, you will be sent to another location and be left scratching your head.
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For both the Rune Challenge and the Castle Quest, head to the answer station to satisfy your curiosity.
Top spots for '50 things' at Corfe Castle
- The little bridge on the Wildlife Walk is just made for playing pooh sticks and you could even try building a dam.
- Watch out for birds in the tea-room garden, where the sparrows are really friendly — higher up, you might see ravens and jackdaws.
- When you get to the castle itself you’ll find a big hill just waiting to be rolled down and the grassy banks feel great under bare feet.
- If you lie on your back in the outer bailey you’ll see the clouds whipping past the castle keep, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try climbing West Hill. It’s a bit steep but the views are fantastic.